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CLARKSON, Matthew, a Delegate from Pennsylvania; born in New York City in April 1733; moved to Philadelphia, Pa.; was justice of the court of common pleas, quarter sessions of the peace, and of the Philadelphia orphans’ court in 1771 and 1772; elected to the Continental Congress in 1785, but did not serve; member of the board of aldermen in 1789; mayor of Philadelphia 1792-1796; died in Philadelphia, Pa., October 5, 1800; interment in Christ Church Burying Ground.


Hall, John. Memoirs of Matthew Clarkson of Philadelphia, 1735-1800. Philadelphia, PA: Thomson Printing Company, 1890.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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